Chinese officials have visited Lincoln to further boost relationships between Lincolnshire and the Hunan province.
The visit on Thursday, March 24 saw Zhenhong Cai, Vice Governor of Hunan Provincial People’s Government and Councillor Colin Davie from Lincolnshire County Council sign a Memorandum of Understanding to show Hunan’s commitment to collaboration with Lincolnshire.
In September 2015, Lincolnshire signed a declaration of friendship and economic co-operation with the Chinese province to help boost economic growth, development and exports for the county.
Representatives of China visited a range of local features and investment opportunities while they were in the county including Doddington Hall and Dynex, as well as Bishop Burton College and the University of Lincoln’s School of Engineering.
The second visit was aimed at providing an opportunity for further international economic development for Lincolnshire businesses and Hunan.
The Hunan province is home to more than 65 million people and has an economy worth more than £200 billion per year.
Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “It has been a great honour to welcome Vice Governor Cai Zhenhong and the Hunan delegation to Lincolnshire today.
“It is quite clear to me from the visit that there are now significant opportunities for Lincolnshire businesses to work with Hunan and the businesses there, securing jobs and building a strong economic future between our two respective areas.
“It has been a delight to have them here today, we look forward to visiting Hunan in the future with a delegation of Lincolnshire businesses and taking advantage of this new friendship and this new relationship that we have together.”